Relaxed and adventurous, I enjoy riding with the group to
chat and find out who the riders are and to hear about their cycling stories. I
create tours that I love riding and go to countries that fascinate me. Half the
fun of being a tour leader is having the idea, then visiting the country and
finding the people, routes, hotels and attractions that will come together to
make a fantastic tour. I like to make sure that GPS and tour routes are
accurate and daily briefings let everyone know about the plan and timings for
the day ahead. Everyone feels part of the group and no-one gets left behind.
I really try to put together rideable routes and
good reconnaissance visits are essential to ensure the best ones can be
followed. Occasionally in places like Morocco a short vehicle transfer may be
needed where I feel it isn't sensible to ride a particular section of road.
With my holidays generally having a support vehicle and local guide I tend to
favour challenging tours which are accessible to most reasonably fit riders.
The tour information makes it crystal clear whether the route is paved or mixed
surface, and also includes advice on suitable bikes, tyres, kit and spares.
I will move heaven and earth to get WOW
accommodation wherever possible but in the world of cycle touring sometimes a
bed and enough dinner will do. I can usually cater for everyone’s tastes as
long as I know well in advance. Shared rooms are normal with limited single
rooms on request at extra cost.
I run many of my tours in collaboration with seasoned Bikexplore
tour leader Greg
Woodford and you will meet me assisting on many of Greg’s
tours. I will be concentrating on Morocco, a country I know really well with
fixed centre, mixed routes and possible bikepacking wild camping happening late
in 2021. New High Atlas routes are under construction and should roll out in
2022. Sardinia, Turkey, Portugal and End to End France are also possibilities
for the next couple of years. I live on the edge of the Chilterns where a
bikepacking weekend event is in the pipeline, along with some weekend
staycation mini tours of the area too.